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A Game Of Thrones

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For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine...

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  • Author: George R. R. Martin
  • Publish Date: 2013-10-29
  • Book Awards


    Won 1 awards in total (1 unique awards)
  • 1 Locus Fantasy

  • Nominated for 1 (1 unique awards)
  • 1 World Fantasy Awards

  • Book Award Years
    1997 Nebula Nominated: A Game of Thrones
    1997 Locus Fantasy Winner: A Game of Thrones
    1997 World Fantasy Award Nominated: A Game of Thrones

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    Best Fantasy Books(Ranked 4 out of 444)

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    Books That Will Blow Your Mind(Ranked 3 out of 92)

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    Most Influential Fantasy Books(Ranked 5 out of 58)

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    Jon Snow's Top 20(Ranked 1 out of 20)

    Hard to choose and order a Top 20. Definitely the Top 12 could change at any given day

    Sneaky Burritos Favorite Fantasy Books(Ranked 4 out of 13)

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    Sneaky Burrito's Favorite Fantasy Books/Series(Ranked 2 out of 14)

    My favorite fantasy books and series. Highly subjective. Where the first book in a series is listed, use it as a stand-in for the whole series. The order is somewhat fluid and/or imprecise after th...

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    Science Fiction vs Fantasy(Ranked 4 out of 76)

    Which is better, the best of the fantasy, or the best of science fiction? You decide!

    My favorite fantasy books so far...(Ranked 1 out of 10)

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    Low Fantasy Books(Ranked 1 out of 27)

    This is a difficult sub-genre to pin down as there are a number of parallel definitions for it. One type of "Low Fantasy" is set in the real world that's both rational and familiar to us but with the...

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    Coming of Age Fantasy Books(Ranked 6 out of 66)

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    Reviews/Comments On A Game of Thrones


    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2012-10-07 03:16:10

    This book is awesome

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    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Lion
    2012-11-02 03:28:59

    I read the books to shortly before the end of book fife. I really like the first three books, but the fourth gets more and more dragged out scenes. Though the books have a great story this impacts on the reading experience a lot.
    Still overall a good series, thogh I would not read it a second time.

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    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2012-11-29 06:27:52

    Like Jordan (another 90s fantasy author), Martin's work has begun its decline after its third book and all readers can do is grin and bare it or pretend desperately that it was just another trilogy.

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    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2012-12-05 12:15:06

    Phenominal series!! Books 1-3 are the best writing out there. Books 4-5 unfortunately don't quite maintain the same level of plot advancement, but relatively speaking, they are still good books (just not 11 out of 10s like the first 3 books). My only real complaint in this series (aside from the obvious that Martin needs to get off his arse and finish it), is that I'd prefer more magic in a fantasy series... but still, phenominal. It will spoil you to any subpar writers.

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful
    RE: Books That Will Blow Your Mind
    By: Anonymous
    2012-12-31 03:54:35

    Amazing!!!

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    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Books
    By: Anonymous
    2013-05-23 03:01:09

    The Lord of the Rings meets Dynasty...Great characters, a gripping plotline with a surprise around every corner, superior dialogue; can't wait for the next book -- whenever it comes out!

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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2013-07-05 08:01:01

    Good start for the first and second books, third starts to stagger... fourth ia a pain to finish... fifth is sort of a cuisine

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    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful
    RE: Science Fiction vs Fantasy
    By: Anonymous
    2014-02-03 01:41:11

    I thought the writing style was very good, but I did not enjoy the gloom surrounding the story. I guess I prefer books that leave me feeling good inside instead of depressed.

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Volsung
    2015-05-26 11:57:39

    Great series! And for people complaining that books 4 and 5 are slow, remember they are both technically part of the SAME book, which was simply too large to publish. You can read them as one book and it is flipping awesome! Characters are kick ass, and story lines are generally top notch. And since the world in which it all takes place is so rich, there is much to read outside of the main books. If you have not read this series, stop being stupid and read it!

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    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-06-15 09:44:17

    First 3 books are worth it. Books 4 and 5 are mediocre at best and I really would't recommend them if they were stand alone.

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    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-06-29 10:11:28

    Enumerate the fantasy aspects of this novel (some wolf puppies, a mention of some white walkers, talk of dragons) and compare them with the myriad references to politics (realm, family, etc) and tell me this qualifies as a Fantasy novel. The fact that Martin gets all the attention when authors with actual talent for Fantasy writing (Rothfuss, Sanderson, Jordan, Butcher) get low-budget adaptations of their novels makes me furious every time I think about it. Strike this novel from the list and call it what it is: utter garbage.

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    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-08-02 05:54:03

    Misogynist, boring, poorly written, tedious. Dis the genre a disservice

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    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-08-05 07:41:45

    I picked up the first book shortly after it was first published. NEVER could make it through the first one. Tried a few times, but it never held my interest, and I've read a lot of fantasy. I tried it again after the TV series started thinking I must have been missing something, but still it just didn't appeal to me. I don't see the draw of this series.

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    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Rocco
    2015-08-16 10:21:08

    I've been trying to read this series for the last 15 years. And, I'm almost done with book 2. It's not that's it's a bad book. He's quite talented, I agree. It's just not that special fantasy wise. It reads more like historical fiction. I always end up picking up something else.

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-10-17 04:59:00

    I am quitting the series, after having invested the many months it took me to read all 7 tomes of it and th many years it took me to wait for the 6th book. Martin has lost the thread of his own story, having left several unanswered gaps, introducing new important charachters in the last book and one disappointment follows another as each and every charachter you get attached to dies. I hear 2 books will follow, but I cannot see how he will wrap this monster of a story up in, say, 4 tomes. Also, I am really disappointed by the fact that I'll find out how this whole thing ends by a mediocre tv series. That's it, I regret having spent my time on Martin's GoT. Moving on to Malazan books right away.

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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    By: Sizzle
    2015-10-24 06:30:34

    Like many, I found the first three books very well done. While I personally think all of the novels were overcast with too many non needed side characters (and boring side plots)the novels were entertaining and engrossing. The awful pacing and plot work last two books, coupled with the years long wait between have led me to abandon the read. Sorry GRRM wanted to stick it out, but just can't do it.

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    2015-11-16 11:54:39

    Game of thrones is a fantasy series which goes on FOREVER. The first 1-3 books are worth while. After the first three books he just gets lost and goes on and on and on

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-12-12 12:31:54

    it's really a good book. It's a book that can deceive you, but after all, without a little dissapointement here and there is it really worth it? GoT has plots that make you ponder weird thoughts for hours. It's really worth it.

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2016-07-25 01:52:54

    Game of Thrones was published years after Witcher books which revolutionized fantasy genre. Martin was just lucky enough western published denied translation it to english because of anglo saxon hate towards superior Poles.

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    RE: RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2017-06-06 09:32:42

    Witcher Indeed is a good series.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful
    RE:
    By: Anonymous
    2016-09-20 04:20:54

    Seriously bad series. As boring as the Lord of the Rings (but far longer), poorly written (even the slightly better TV version deviates from the written works in significant ways),and way, way overrated considering that the series is mostly political maneuvering. Think the US Congress with swords. There are far better options out there...avoid these.

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